Save Money, Don’t Use Soap!

Posted by Mrs Money on February 2nd, 2010

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Stop using soap and you’ll save money, the environment, and possibly improve your health! Well, honestly, I wouldn’t stop using soap altogether, but I would recommend doing a few things differently in regards to soap use. For starters, in our household, we don’t buy soap with triclosan. I believe that antibacterial soaps everyday can be overkill and eliminate too much bacteria (there is friendly bacteria, after all!) and can make the body resistant to antibiotics.   I do also believe there is a time and place for antibacterial soaps, but in general household use, it probably is not needed at every hand washing.

Here are some tips to help slow your soap usage:

  • When purchasing soap for your home, skip the antibacterial soaps with triclosan.  Make sure you wash your hands for around 20-30 seconds with hot water and regular soap.  You can sing “happy birthday” (either in your head or out loud) twice while doing so.
  • If you are eating a lot of fruits and veggies, chances are your plates are not getting very dirty.  If you use hot water and sprinkle some baking soda on them, wash, and then do a vinegar rinse, you will get them clean.  If you aren’t scared, you can also just rinse them in hot water.
  • Purchase natural bar soap or make your own.  Studies show that plain soap is as just as effective as antibacterial soap.
  • Buy a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap.  You can use this for so many things: refill your hand soap dispensers with a 1:3 soap to water solution, use it for cleaning around the house, for shampoo, body soap, etc!
  • When you buy new dish washing soap, buy a non toxic soap such as Mrs. Meyer’s . I LOVE the basil scent. It makes doing dishes something I enjoy!

These are just a few ideas to get you started.  Basically, if you limit your exposure to triclosan, you will be doing yourself, your wallet, and then environment a favor.

What kind of soaps do you use?  Are you an antibacterial fan?

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51 Responses to “Save Money, Don’t Use Soap!”


  1. JaNita says:

    Truthfully it sounds more like your roommate is a little on the OCD side. What I would recommend is try just switching slowly to more natural soaps. Or you could try and get this person into counseling. LOL

    Yes, I just found this, I know it is 2 years old, yet I am just starting my journey into the land of the Green. I want to do what is best for myself and my girl.

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